Graduate programs in education

MAEd faith based 2017

Have you thought about taking the next step as an educator and earning your master’s degree?

Our Master of Arts in Education program offers an affordable and accessible experience with classes one day a week through Zoom Technology, or self-paced and fully on-line.

Courses are available in the fall, spring and summer semesters so you can begin when it fits best with your schedule. You’ll find our contemporary course content relevant and accessible no matter the age of your students. Core classes conclude with a two course classroom research-based sequence.

Bluffton University also offers a post-baccalaureate program for students looking to earn a teaching license. This program is only open to students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Explore our four distinct concentrations:

All concentrations can be completed either as standalone programs for educators already possessing teaching licensure or within the Master of Arts in Education course work. All programs leading to licensure or endorsement are approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and lead to Ohio Department of Education credentials. Requirements include course work, field hours, OAE examinations and an accepted application.


Faith-based education concentration

Bluffton’s faith-based education concentration provides practical applications for Christian teachers who are searching for a way to connect themes of peace, community and restorative discipline into their classes, no matter where they teach or the faith traditions of their students. It is an outgrowth of the Mennonite Education Agency's Anabaptist Learning Institute (ALI) program which offers 10 credit hours of Christ-centered graduate-level coursework.

Reading endorsement

Bluffton’s Reading Endorsement concentration is fulfills the Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirement and can be completed as a stand-alone program. It is offered fully online.

  • Fulfills the Third grade Reading Guarantee requirement
  • Qualifies educators to teach reading (K-12) including Title 1
  • State required fieldwork incorporated into the classes
  • Non-sequential courses – you may start at any point
  • ODE teaching credential
  • Five 3-semester hour courses

Graduates must pass the appropriate state required exam and apply for the Ohio reading endorsement

Intervention specialist licensure

Bluffton’s Intervention Specialist license emphasizes differentiation in the classroom and can be completed as a stand-alone program. It is offered completely online via scheduled videoconferences.

  • Teach students with mild to moderate education needs
  • Emphasis on differentiation in the classroom
  • Non-sequential courses – you may start at any point
  • ODE teaching credential
  • Finish in 23 semester hours

Graduates must pass the appropriate state required exam and apply to the state for the intervention specialist license.

Leadership concentration

Bluffton’s Leadership concentration focuses on the nature of supervisory relationships and the leader’s level of self-understanding and emotional intelligence within the role of a leader. Educators can complete this concentration in as little as two semesters.


For more information about Bluffton's Graduate Programs in Education, contact
Office of adult and graduate studies
or request more information online